Dallas - Fort Worth January 02, 2018
10 Fantastic Factory and Fun Tours You Can Only Take Around Dallas – Fort Worth
The Dallas – Fort Worth area prides itself on producing a lot of things. From consumables to wearables, we have an assortment of products that are made with pride by locals, and some businesses offer tours to see how it’s done. Fun tours are also offered around the area at venues that focus on our various sporting teams. Here are some interesting tours to check out:
1. Rahr & Sons Brewery (701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth)
A tour of the brewery and a Rahr & Sons pint glass are included for only $10, and, as always, the beer samples are free (only guests 21 years or older get to taste the beer). Public tours are held on Wednesdays from 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. and Saturdays from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
2. Delaney Vineyards (2000 Champagne Blvd., Grapevine)
Tours are $10 and include five Delaney Vineyards award-winning wines. Learn about the special grapes grown here in North Texas as well as the grape-growing, harvesting, wine-making, and bottling process.
3. James Leddy Custom Boots (1602 N. Treadaway, Abilene)
Making custom boots is truly an art. You can see the craftsmanship process of how each pair is custom-tailored for a perfect fit.
4. The Bureau of Engraving & Printing (9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth)
Did you know that more than half of the nation's currency is produced in Fort Worth? Visitors can see where billions of dollars are printed from an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor. Tours are free and are available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tuesdays-Fridays.
5. Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium (One AT&T Way, Arlington)
AT&T Stadium is more than the home of the Dallas Cowboys, it's a world of facts and figures about the world's largest domed structure, an art museum, a classroom. Four types of tours are offered: guided, self-guided, educational, and even an art tour. Ticket prices vary by tour selection.
6. Dublin Bottling Works Tour (105 E. Elm St., Dublin)
This is the home of sodas bottled with pure cane sugar. The tiny bottling plant in Dublin serves customers throughout the Lone Star State and the entire world. With 120 years of bottling, it is the oldest soda bottling facility in the State of Texas. Tours are offered Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays from 1:00 P.M. -5:00 P.M. Cost is $5 for adults; $4 for kids and seniors.
7. American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave., Dallas)
This tour offers an educational and interactive experience. You will begin in the bowl where little-known facts are revealed such as building logistics and event conversion, then it’s off to the event level where the magic begins. You will also visit the press box, a luxury suite, party rooms, as well as other facilities in the building. Tours are scheduled by appointment only on Mondays-Fridays on non-event days. Call 214-665-4213. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 17-under and for seniors 65 and up.
8. American Airlines' C.R. Smith Museum (4601 Hwy. 360 at FAA Rd.,
The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history and features interactive exhibits. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.
9. Texas Motor Speedway (3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth)
Daily tours are offered for $10 for adults; $8 for children 12 and under and seniors. Tours include the pit, concourse, track laps in the tour van, luxury sweet, and victory lane.
10. Collin Street Bakery (401 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana)
Come see why this bakery has been operating successfully since 1896. It became known for its mailing of fruitcakes when Mr. Ringling's circus troupe asked to have fruitcakes sent to family and friends throughout Europe... so began an international Christmas gift tradition. Rather than being an official tour, it is more like a peek into the baking and preparation aspects of these baked goods.
Learning about how things are made provides a fascinating look into the process, and these cool factory tours prove it. Have you been on any of these tours? Do you know of other great ones in the Dallas – Fort Worth area? Let us know in the comments!